James Cameron has won a lawsuit claiming he stole ideas for Avatar.
The filmmaker was sued by artist William Roger Dean, who claimed 14 of his paintings were ripped off for the 2009 blockbuster and used without his permission as a basis for the fictional planet of Pandora and its inhabitants.
Dean was seeking $50 million in damages from Cameron, his production company Lightstorm Entertainment, as well as 20th Century Fox.
But a New York judge threw out the copyright infringement suit Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
US District Judge Jesse M. Furman called the claims “misguided” in a filing obtained by the outlet.
The suit marks the third dropped in the last year over the film.
Eric Ryder’s case was thrown out in October.
The writer claimed Avatar borrowed elements from his short story K.R.Z. 2068, an “environmentally-themed 3-D epic about a corporation's colonization and plundering of a distant moon's lush and wondrous natural setting”, according to its author.
And in February, Cameron came out victorious in a case filed against him by Gerald Morawski.
The artist alleged he met the filmmaker in 1991 and sold him multiple pieces of artwork, during which time he also pitched a film project called Guardians of Eden, allegedly inspiring the director.
Morawski claimed breach of contract, fraud and negligent misrepresentation, but a judge in that case found Cameron “independently created” Avatar.
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